China opens 'through train' service to Hong Kong
May 18, 1997
Web posted at: 2:30 p.m. EDT (1830 GMT)
BEIJING (CNN) -- The first train ride from China to Hong Kong
departed Sunday, linking the British colony to the mainland
only weeks before its return to Chinese rule.
The "through train" is expected to take more than 29 hours to
reach its destination -- the Kowloon railway station on Hong
Kong's Kowloon peninsula. The high-speed link was built over
three years at a cost of $4.8 billion.
Last September, China opened direct service between Beijing
and Shenzhen near the British colony. Passengers had to walk
across the border in a trip that took more than 40 hours.
Hong Kong returns to Chinese rule on July 1 after more than
150 years of British rule.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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